WATCH: Philly Bride Belts Out “Natural Woman” With the Band During Her Wedding Reception

We love a story of a bride who serenades her new husband on their wedding day (remember this awesome chick?)—especially when said bride is from Philly and the celebration went down at one of the city’s most beloved venues.

That was the case with Courtney Simmons and Yanir Demri, a New York City couple who returned to the bride’s hometown for their July 10th wedding at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

As a long-time singer and theater teacher, it only seemed right that the bride perform on her Big Day, and she blew the crowd away with a rendition of “Natural Woman,” the song Demri watched her sing at a bar’s “Soul Night” on their third date together. Take a look:

We spoke to veteran band leader Eddie Bruce, who filled us in on how the whole performance came to be:

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End-of-July Bridal Designer Trunk Shows

Watters Fauna Topper Daisy Corset Cassia Skirt

The Daisy corset, Fauna topper and Cassia skirt. Photo courtesy of Watters.

Bridal Garden, Marlton

July 29-31: Watters Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

Lovely Bride, Old City

July 29-30: Rue De Seine Trunk Show

You’ll receive 10 percent savings if you order any of the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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Here’s Why You Should Drink As Much (Or As Little) As Your Spouse

iStockphoto/Maciej Laska

iStockphoto/Maciej Laska

A few years ago, we told you about a study that had looked into the drinking habits of married couples, and declared that whether it was a lot or a little, when couples’ drinking habits were relatively similar, their marriages were usually in a much better place than unions where one was a frequent boozer and the other hardly ever opened a bottle. (“Duh,” said couples everywhere who fight when one is a good deal drunker than the other on any given night out.)

Well, that study had looked at 634 married couples into as many as nine years of marriage—and interestingly enough, we now have an updated study that’s revealed similar results—with even more evidence to back this all up.

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring

iStockphoto.com/Derek Latta

iStockphoto.com/Derek Latta

Just yesterday I was walking through my apartment complex when I noticed handmade signs taped up around the entrancessomeone had lost their wedding ring. Although I’m not yet engaged, the thought immediately made my heart sink: It must be such a terrible feeling to lose something so precious, especially in the instances when you can’t quite remember when and where you had it last.

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PW Reader Ring: Victoria & Zachary!

Vicky's ring!

Vicky’s ring!

The couple: Victoria Cozens and Zachary Waxman, from Fishtown.

The ring: Zach picked out the ring with help from his mom, dad and sister; it’s from Sydney Rosen Company on Jewelers’ Row. I had always (not so subtly) talked about my perfect engagement ring, and he listened! This is my dream ring.

I was told later on that Zach was very particular about the details and made sure it was perfect for me. I couldn’t be happier with this gorgeous ring!

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Scoop Up Some Gorgeous Jewelry for Your Wedding at Bario Neal’s Upcoming Sample Sale

We want them all, please and thank you. Photo courtesy of Bario Neal.

We want them all, please and thank you. Photo courtesy of Bario Neal.

We’ve told you more than once about our love for Bario Neal, the Bella Vista-based jewelry brand that uses ethically-sourced stones, reclaimed metals and fair-mined gold to create beautifully handcrafted rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. (To review, check out their cool bridal designs in the links below.)

Just last year, Bario Neal debuted a stunning collection of alternative engagement rings and wedding bandsand coming up, we’ve just learned that you’ll have a chance to shop their inventory during a sweet sample-sale event.

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This Is the Most Popular Wedding-Dress Style & Other Gown-Shopping Stats

How many wedding dresses did you try on before you found the One? What style was it? How much did you spend? How many bridal salons did you hit up before you slipped on the winner? It’s always interesting to hear stats about how different people go about planning their Big Day—especially, we always think, when it comes to wedding dresses.

This fun little infographic from Popsugar—they surveyed over 1,200 engaged or recently married ladies—gives you an idea of how your gown-shopping experience stacks up against that of other betrothed ladies. Take a look.

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11 Flower Crown Alternatives That are Beautiful for a Summer Wedding

This BHLDN headband gives you the same look without the fuss of real blooms.

This BHLDN headband gives you the same look without the fuss.

It seems like forever ago that flower crowns first burst onto the wedding scene, but now, years later, they’re still going strong as a popular accessory for bohemian bridesespecially during the summer months.

And while we adore when a bride wears fresh flowers in her hair, we’re equally in love with headpieces that give off that same pretty look without all the fuss of real live blooms.

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